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Rabuka On Bail

Rabuka On Bail
Social Democratic Liberal Party Sitiveni Ligamamada Rabuka
May 26
11:23 2018

SODELPA leader Sitiveni Lig­amamada Rabuka has been released on bailed after he appeared in the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday charged with one count of providing false declara­tion of assets, income and liabili­ties.

Appearing before Magistrate Jioji Boseiwaqa, he was warned not to reoffend while on bail.

The warning came while Magistrate Boseiwaqa grant­ed Rabuka’s bail at $300 each to be bonded to his two sure­ties.

He was also warned not to interfere with Fiji Independ­ent Commission Against Corruption witnesses and not change his residential address without informing the court.

Rabuka was represented by lawyers Filimoni Vosarogo and Lynda Tabuya. He is charged with one count of providing false decla­ration of assets, income and liabili­ties.

FICAC lawyer Rashmi Aslam said the accused was charged under Sec­tion 24 (1) (a) and 24 (5) of the Politi­cal Parties (Registration, Conduct, Funding and Disclosures) Act of 2013. The charge states that on or about December 29, 2017 as the leader of registered political party namely SODELPA, Rabuka alleg­edly provided a false declaration of assets and liabilities to the Supervi­sor of Elections.

He allegedly did this by failing to provide information namely, the tax liability with Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS) in the amount of $316,956.20, the invest­ment and interest income with Raghwan Construction Limited in the amount of $200,000 and $16,000 respectively and the liability with said Raghwan Construction Lim­ited in the amount of $120,000.

Mr Aslam said they had served the accused with first phase disclo­sures and to serve full phase disclo­sures as early as next week.

Mr Aslam quoted Section 18 (a) of the 2014 Electoral Act, which says that “A court must promptly make a decision with respect to a charge filed for an election related offence under this Act, the Electoral (Reg­istration of Voters) Act 2012 and the Political Parties (Registration, Conduct, Funding and Disclosures) Act 2013.”

Accordingly, he requested the court to expedite the matter and for a short mention date to be given.

Mr Aslam also indicated that FI­CAC was not objecting to bail pro­vided that bail conditions were im­posed by the court.

Mr Vosarogo confirmed that they had been served with the charge sheet and had served FICAC with Rabuka’s bail application.

He said they had only received a disc containing Rabuka’s caution interview and his charge, but were yet to be supplied with the written form of Rabuka’s interview.

Mr Vosarogo requested that his client be released on bail and sug­gested that he report to either FI­CAC or the nearest Police Station once a month.

Before granting Rabuka’s bail, Magistrate Boseiwaqa informed all the lawyers that his father had

attended school with the accused in the 1960s. He asked the lawyers if they had any issues with him pre­siding over Rabuka’s case because of that. The lawyers agreed that they would inform him of the same on the next court date.

Further to his bail conditions, Rabuka was ordered to report to the Nabua Police Station on the first Saturday of every month between 6am and 6pm.

A stop departure order was also issued against him and the Depart­ment of Immigration is to be in­formed accordingly.

His case has been adjourned to June 6, 2018 for his plea to be taken.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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